THE FOUR LONDONS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH by Erick Berry

THE FOUR LONDONS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The scene opens in 1696 in Westmorland before William Hogarth was born and loses in 1764 in London when he had become established as a ruthless social commentator through his engravings and paintings. Miss Berry covers all aspects of Hogarth's life, public and private. There is much fascinating information about the crude and underhanded techniques employed in painting for money and about the unique art of engraving which is very well handled. However, in attempting to recreate the atmosphere of the eighteenth century, Miss Berry has overstuffed the story of Hogarth; the account is cluttered with minute detail and populated with too many brief encounters with historic figures for the reader to keep straight.

Publisher: McKay